Victoria Park, Walks and Tracks

Enjoy panoramic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Pegasus Bay and the Southern Alps.

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COVID-19 update on parks and tracks

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. 

When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

Parks and cemeteries are open for pedestrian access only, and where possible we have closed off park car parks.  Please do not use any play equipment or exercise equipment.

The following are closed:

  • Public toilets
  • Playgrounds, play equipment or exercise equipment in parks
  • The Botanic Gardens
  • Car parks within parks are closed for vehicle access
  • Visitor and information centres, i.e. Bottle Lake Forest and Travis Wetland
  • The Spencer Park animal area
  • Fenced dog parks, including Horseshoe Lake, The Groynes and Styx Mill Reserve. All other parks are available to exercise dogs in
  • All Council-owned sports facilities e.g clubrooms



The main access points into the park are from Sign of the Takahe, the main Victoria Park car park, and Sign of the Kiwi. 

Bus routes reach as far as the Sign of the Takahe. Refer to Metroinfo(external link) for timetables.

Gates and opening hours

Gates are open from 7.30am to 7pm and, during daylight savings months, from 7.30am to 9pm.


Facilities available at Victoria Park, Sign of the Takahe and Sign of the Kiwi.


Outside the designated dog park, dogs are only permitted on the walkways and must be on a leash at all times. 


Make a difference to the environment by volunteering in the Port Hills.

Christchurch City Council along with a number of community organisations run regular working bees and planting days.

See you there!


Victoria Park has a children's playground, opportunities for walking and cross-country and downhill mountain bike adventures.

Victoria Park incorporates some of Christchurch's most loved walks. Enjoy your old favourites or discover a new challenge below: